9:26 pm - 04/14/2012

Been bleeding for over two weeks-what should I do?

Hey all, I have a situation.
I've been having a fairly heavy period that started on April 2nd and hasn't let up since. I'm 29, and haven't had PIV sex in the past few months, so no worries about miscarriage. About a year and a half ago I went to the local ER after experiencing very heavy bleeding and was treated as though I wasn't worth the doctors' time. I have no regular gyn, but it was suggested that I take the pill to regulate my cycle, but hormonal birth control makes me crazy, so I'd rather not use that option.
Anyway, my current period has lasted two weeks and has shown no signs of stopping. I'm not feeling too awful, maybe a little tired, but I'm getting frusterated, and I feel like I'm wasting a fortune on sanitary supplies. Has anybody here been in a similar situation? I'm sort of at a loss about what to do.
makale_83 15th-Apr-2012 02:12 am (UTC)
Find OB/GYN's that your insurance covers, then look that OB/GYN up on the internet to see their reviews. After going through those, pick the one you have a warm and fuzzy about and get in to see them!! Hope you get better soon lady! Nothing is worse than bleeding for ungodly amounts of time for who knows why!
dkwgdk 15th-Apr-2012 02:18 am (UTC)
You could try the 3x3x3 method. Take 3 regular-strength ibuprofen 3 times a day for 3 days. For some folks, this sorts out mysteriously long-lasting periods. I would suggest a trip to the doc, but I've had 2-week periods before due to illness or stress.
archangelbeth 15th-Apr-2012 03:32 am (UTC)
Take some iron, since you are probably getting anemic (the fatigue), and if you have any insurance, you can go to your regular doctor. If you don't have insurance, I suggest Planned Parenthood.

Try to keep track of how much blood you're losing -- how many pads you're soaking in a day, basically. Estimate if this is the same heaviness that you've been having since this started. Write all this down and hand it to the doctor you eventually see, so that they will take it more seriously.

Good luck!
wyld_dandelyon 15th-Apr-2012 07:03 am (UTC)
Knowing how much blood you're losing can make a huge difference in getting a doctor to pay attention to you. I second the suggestion of keeping a record.

I had a similar issue with HBC making me crazy so when I had a recurrence of the heavy flow that wouldn't end I looked up herbal remedies and ended up trying evening primrose oil, which taken in accordance with the directions on the bottle did help.

I can't promise it will work for you, of course, but at least when I mentioned it to my MD, she wasn't dismayed. Instead she said she was glad it worked, and that she sometimes suggested it to patients with breast pain at that time of the month.
io2012 15th-Apr-2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
I know this probably isn't what you're wanting to hear - but prolonged bleeding actually isn't that rare. :-( Sometimes with wonky hormones, we can bleed a long time. I personally have bled for 8 months straight (not too heavily, about 1 tampon every 8 hours, or two light pads), and know someone else who bled for a year and a half.

If you are relatively young and otherwise in good health, you can sustain prolonged vaginal bleeding without developing anemia. Just keep taking lots of clear liquids to stay hydrated, and eat leafy greens/red meat or take iron pills. However, anemia is a risk, especially with heavier bouts of bleeding. The signs and symptoms of anemia are feeling fatigued easily, being quickly winded during physical activity, and feeling dizzy/faint. If you aren't experiencing any of these acutely, than I wouldn't panic. However, unexplained vaginal bleeding can be due to a number of causes, such as uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and the like. If you experience any pain with your bleeding, or if you become feverish or weak, please seek out help (even if it means the unhelpful emergency staff).

One thing the people of this community have found very helpful to deal with prolonged bleeding is the use of a menstrual cup. I don't personally use one, but they are rumored to be very easy, and you just empty and clean them. They also give you an objective measure of the volume of your flow. To use as a back up or as an alternative, I suggest cloth pads. I use http://www.partypantspads.com/ and have found them to be just as absorbent, if not more so, than disposable pads. When I take my shower in the evening, I just bring the pad in with me, and give it a quick scrub with shampoo. Then I wring it out and leave it to dry on the edge of the tub overnight. In the morning I can toss it in with my dirty laundry, without the risk of it staining anything. Using this method, my cloth pads are 100% clean after one normal wash in the washing machine.
lastmockingbird 16th-Apr-2012 10:22 am (UTC)
I "was" in the same situation as yours though unlike you, I am not sexually active. I bled past the seven days and on the 13th, i finally visited an Ob Gyne and she suspected that I have PCOS (quite common syndrome amongst us superstars).

I am yet to confirm through ultrasound whether I do have it or not. In the meantime, she put me on oral meds (not HBS) to stop the bleeding temporarily.

Feel free to visit the Ob Gyne :)
ext_1657699 18th-Feb-2013 12:09 pm (UTC)
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